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Mimulus mohavensis

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Family: PhrymaceaeView Description 

Habit: Annual to shrub. Stem: ×-section generally round. Leaf: opposite, simple, entire or toothed; stipules 0. Inflorescence: spike, raceme, or panicle, bracted, or flowers 1--2 in axils. Flower: bisexual; calyx radial or +- bilateral, tube long, generally ribbed, lobes 5; corolla generally bilateral, generally 2-lipped, upper [1]2-lobed, lower 3-lobed; stamens 4 in 2 pairs, epipetalous, included or exserted; pistil 1, ovary superior, chambers 1--2, placentas parietal or axile, style 1, stigma lobes 2, flat, folding together when touched. Fruit: generally capsule, generally ellipsoid, loculicidal [indehiscent, 1-seeded].
Genera In Family: +- 15 genera, 230 species: +- worldwide, many habitats; some cultivated as ornamental (e.g., Mimulus, Mazus). Formerly included in Scrophulariaceae. Note: Family description by David J. Keil.
eFlora Treatment Author: David M. Thompson
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: MimulusView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Glabrous to hairy. Stem: generally erect. Leaf: opposite, generally +- sessile, generally toothed or entire, generally green or +- red. Inflorescence: raceme, bracted, or flowers generally 2 per axil. Flower: occasionally cleistogamous; calyx generally green, lobes 5, generally << tube, generally unequal; corolla generally deciduous, white to red, maroon, purple, gold, or yellow, lower lip base occasionally swollen, +- closing mouth, tube-throat floor generally with 2 longitudinal folds; anther sacs spreading; placentas 2, axile or parietal; stigma lobes generally flat, generally included. Fruit: generally ovoid to fusiform, generally upcurved if elongate, generally +- fragile, loculicidal near tip (hard, indehiscent), chambers 1--2. Seed: many, generally < 1 mm, ovoid, +- yellow to dark brown.
Species In Genus: +- 100 species: North America, Chile, eastern Asia, southern Africa, New Zealand, Australia. Etymology: (Latin: little mime or comic actor, from face-like corolla of some species) Note: Limb width measured between most distant points across corolla face.
Reference: Thompson 2005 Syst Bot Monogr 75:1--213

Mimulus mohavensis Lemmon
Habit: Annual 2--10 cm, +- puberulent. Stem: cylindric. Leaf: 7--27 mm, narrowly elliptic, red-purple. Flower: pedicel 2--5 mm; calyx 7--15 mm, enlarged in fruit, red-purple, +- puberulent along veins, lobes spreading, +- unequal, 1.5--4.5 mm, acuminate; corolla radial, +- salverform, generally deciduous, tube-throat 9--15 mm; tube-throat, limb at base +- purple-brown, veins << 0.5 mm wide, unpatterned, purple-brown, fading into white border; placentas parietal. Fruit: 8--13 mm. Chromosomes: 2n=16.
Ecology: Gravelly banks of desert washes; Elevation: 600--1000 m. Bioregional Distribution: DMoj (w-c San Bernardino Co.). Flowering Time: Apr--May
eFlora Treatment Author: David M. Thompson
Reference: Thompson 2005 Syst Bot Monogr 75:1--213
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Citation for this treatment: David M. Thompson 2012, Mimulus mohavensis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on January 19, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on January 19, 2018.

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Geographic subdivisions for Mimulus mohavensis:
DMoj (w-c San Bernardino Co.).
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